Research and development

Driving scientific innovation to deliver the next generation of transformational medicines and vaccines for patients

We are a science-led global healthcare company. Our purpose is to help people do more, feel better, live longer.

We deliver our long-term priorities of Innovation, Performance and Trust through each of our three businesses which discover, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

Our approach to Pharmaceutical Research and Development (R&D) focuses on science related to the immune system, the use of human genetics and advanced technologies, and is driven by the multiplier effect of Science x Technology x Culture. It will help us to accelerate the pace at which we develop and deliver transformational medicines, prioritising those molecules with a higher probability of success and terminating less promising programmes. It also enables us to increase our focus on specialty medicines in areas such as oncology.

In our Vaccines business, we balance our focus on a robust pipeline with the active life-cycle management of our existing vaccines, seeking to protect more people through expanding indications and delivering our vaccines to new geographies. Our Innovation ambition is to lead the industry by disrupting the discovery, development and manufacturing of vaccines. We will focus on accelerating key assets in our pipeline and looking at innovative technologies so that we can unlock potential in emerging fields. Using our industry-leading science, we will accelerate the delivery of our most promising assets to serve the greatest unmet medical need. We want to change the world with our science.

Our Consumer Healthcare R&D organisation develops products in five categories: Oral Health, Pain Relief, Respiratory, Nutrition and Gastrointestinal and Skin Health. Our focus is on building a strong, competitive pipeline of consumer-led, science-based innovation. On 19 December 2018 we announced our agreement with Pfizer to form a new world-leading Consumer Healthcare Joint Venture. Within three years of the closing of the transaction, we intend to separate the Joint Venture via a demerger. Find out more

Key facts about R&D at GSK

  • 16,000

    Over 16,000 people working across our three global businesses

  • £3.9bn

    The amount we invested in R&D globally in 2018

  • 150

    Our Vaccines business has around 150 external scientific collaborations

Learn about our pipeline

We invest in scientific and technical excellence to develop and launch a pipeline of new products that meet the needs of patients and payers.

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Our approach to R&D Current focus areas

We are strengthening our pipeline through a focus on science related to the immune system, the use of human genetics and advanced technologies. Our early stage research is not constrained by therapy areas with teams actively encouraged to follow the science. As projects progress potential new medicines are aligned to the therapy area where data shows we can have the greatest impact to the largest number of patients’ lives.

Our current therapy areas of focus are Oncology, HIV, Infectious Diseases, Immuno-inflammation, Respiratory and Vaccines.

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Partnerships Partnering with GSK

Partnerships are key to our innovation. That's why collaborating with other businesses is a fundamental part of our business strategy. We are committed to working with partners to deliver the next generation of medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.


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Join us

In R&D we believe that outstanding talent attracts outstanding talent, so we demand, develop and retain the very best people. If you want to work in a culture that incentivises courageous and smart risk-taking to help deliver the next generation of transformational medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products please visit our careers section.

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